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June has been an interesting month for Vet2Cat, with a wide variety of things to do- ranging from claw clips, regular checks and vaccinations, our first batch of Solensia injections (the new osteoarthritis treatment), a big dental on Alfie the famous Church Cat, to even a couple of emergencies!

So, from all the kitties we have seen we have selected 3 that just made our jobs that much more enjoyable because they are so awesome!

The 3 contenders are Oska, Jazz and Pumba, and the winner is….

WINNER – PUMBA

If you’re an avid Vet2Cat follower, you may see a striking resemblance to Moni our April winner – that’s because 8-year-old calico Pumba is Moni’s sister! Moni & Pumba’s hooman signed them both up to our top Purrfect Health Club – the Paws Premium level, which includes annual blood & urine screening tests and biannual blood pressure checks. We are all so grateful that she did, as even though Pumba had seemed purrfectly fine, her blood and urine tests showed she had kidney disease with evidence of a urine tract infection. As its quite unusual for a cat of Pumba’s age to have kidney disease, we decided some further tests would be sensible to check for possibly underlying causes, and performed an ultrasound of her bladder and kidneys – done in the comfort of her own home. She was so good she didn’t even need sedating!

Itsy-bitsy left kidney
normal size right kidney but looking a bit abnormal

We found one of her kidneys was about half the size of the other, so unfortunately would not be working very well. The infection was likely focussed within her kidneys so a course of strong antibiotics was prescribed. Good girl Pumba took all her pills in marvellous Easypill Putty and repeat tests at the end of the course showed some improvement of the kidney values and no more infection present. She won’t be cured of kidney disease unfortunately and we’re hoping she will accept a new special diet to help her kidneys as much as possible. Getting kidney cats on to special renal diets is the cornerstone of treatment – they can live more than twice as long as kidney cats that do not eat the special food!

 

RUNNER-UP – JAZZ

This boss-eyed boy is the apple of his hooman’s eye, a handsome 6 and a bit year old tabby. He was born with cross-eyes, but it doesn’t stop him from pouncing with accuracy on his toys! A home visiting vet was just purrfect for Jazz and his mum as she finds it difficult to get him into a vets. Jazz had a thorough check over and was given a clean bill of health as well as his booster. At the end of the visit, while vet Claire was sorting out the paperwork for signing him up to our Purrfect Health Club, nurse Emma took the opportunity to have a little play with Jazz involving a feather stick toy and a tunnel! So nice for our patients to have such stress-free vet care!

 

RUNNER-UP – OSKA

Handsome boy Oska with nurse Emma after his ultrasound scan

Oska is a stunning 12-year-old Maine Coon, he always seems pleased to see us, even though we can’t give him any of our special treats any more as unfortunately he has to be on a strict diet. Poor Oska was rehomed to his loving hooman in May 2020 but came to her with diarrhoea. Since then, it just didn’t go away, at his worst poor Oska was ‘going’ about 10 times a day. His mum had tried just about every digestive-type diet known to man with no success, so Oska had faecal tests, an ultrasound scan and blood tests performed. Vet Claire then arranged for him to have endoscopic biopsies done at a referral centre, and sadly the diagnosis was small cell lymphoma. This is actually fairly common in middle to older aged cats but tends to be a low-grade, insidious type of cancer, with a relatively long survival period. Oska now has daily steroids and another tablet called chlorambucil three times a week. Luckily Oska’s mum is very adept at pilling her cats! He still has very soft poops but has gained weight and is feeling more spritely now. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Oska’s progress.

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Cat of the month – APRIL

April was a rather busy month for the Vet2Cat team, so it was very difficult to pick out only 3 cats from all the lovely special fluff-balls we have seen. We finally narrowed it down to Percy, Tigger and Moni, all rather lovely sweet kitties, and all with various shades of orange!.

WINNER – MONI

Moni seems to have fallen in love with Emma!

April’s winner is the beautiful calico Moni (pronounced ‘Moanie’). Moni’s owner contacted Vet2Cat because without transport, it is very difficult to get her off to a clinic, and it’s so much nicer to be examined in her own home. Being the sweet little lady that she is, she allowed Vet Claire to exam her on her own at the first visit. Moni was suffering from a rather irritating and uncomfortable skin condition that required Vet Claire’s expertise. During the examination, a couple of lumps were also found in her mammary area.

At visit no.2, with gentle handling, mild pre-visit sedation, local anaesthetic, and expert care, Moni had fine needle aspirates taken of the lumps to determine what they were. Moni was very brave and received the good news that the lumps were nothing sinister! Her skin has also vastly improved with treatment. Well done, Moni!

 

Little worrywart Percy gets the Emma-treatmentRUNNER-UP – PERCY

RUNNER-UP – PERCY

Our first April runner-up cat of the month is the stunning creamy-ginger, blue-eyed Percy. Percy is a very worried chap who finds the whole experience of new people rather frightening.

Percy needed his yearly vaccination but going to the vets was not an option for his owner. Percy gets so worked up even being placed in a basket and his owner doesn’t have a mode of transportation, so she decided to call on the Vet2Cat team. With a lot of care, a pre visit calming medication, and lots of time, Percy had a full health check and vaccination without any undue stress. Nurse Emma popped back solo to do his 2nd vac, which she had to perform with Percy trying to hide on the top of the kitchen cupboards! The things we do!

 

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RUNNER-UP – TIGGER

Caught mid-yawn, Tigger shows us his fangs!

Last but certainly not least is the gorgeous ginger & white Tigger. This nervous nellie needed his routine health check but his hooman would much prefer the vet to come and see him at home. Vet2Cat were able to give him a thorough check over so that his owner could rest assured that he was ok for another year of being a cat!

He was given a clean bill of health aside from some plaque build up on his teeth. Now Tigger’s owner has been tasked with being Tigger’s dental hygienist. Tigger is a good boy for handling and grooming so hopefully with time and patience, regular teeth cleaning will be part of his routine ablutions.

 

 

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Cat of the month March 2021

March has been picking up and keeping us busy. As well as seeing 43 cats, many of which are new to Vet2Cat, we passed our first Veterinary Medicines Directorate inspection (phew!), the Vet2CatMobile passed its MOT (phew!), unfortunately nurse Emma’s beloved BMW got badly damaged in an accident (but no one got hurt – phew!) and we have been trialling a new ultrasound machine!

Our 3 contenders for Cat of the Month are really special cats, all for different reasons. This month we have Esme, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond and Sooty, and the winner is…

WINNER – ESME

As well as Cat of the Month, we should also give a ‘Cat Owner of the Month’ award here!

Esme is a very pretty 2-year-old long haired tabby & white. She was taken in at the start of this year, as her previous owner did not want her anymore because she didn’t get on with the new kitten (in extremis – she tried to kill it!). She seemed to settle in quite well at her new abode, until one day when a neighbouring cat dared to sit just outside her front room window. It become apparent Esme is a very territorial cat, as she started making a lot of noise, then turned on her owner in a bout of redirected aggression. Another episodes a bit later had her poor new hooman quaking in her slippers going anywhere near her.

Esme was too scared to come out at our first visit

Cue Nurse Emma and a feline behavioural consultation! Emma spent a lot of time investigating Esme’s background and the new living situation. We went to assess her at the home, finding a very nervous, hypervigilant cat. Emma explained a lot about feline behaviour, and set the owners up with things to do, one of which was clicker training. A technique more associated with dog training, cats can also be trained – the concept is good behaviour coincides with a Click on the clicker followed immediately by a reward.  A month later we went back to vaccinate Esme and found a completely different cat AND owner. Ok, we cheated a bit by giving Esme some pre-visit mild sedation, but both of them were relaxed and happy. The clicker training had worked brilliantly, and we even used it within the consult to gain Esme’s trust. Esme is a loving cat, but just hadn’t really learned had to deal with certain situations. We are so impressed with her owner’s perseverance with the training, and not allowing a rather scary event to put her off keeping Esme. Well Done C&D, gold stars for you both.

 

Runner up – Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond

A grand title for a grand cat! 10-year-old black (with a tiny bit of white on his throat) boy Sir Sidney had been taken on by his owner from the rescue centre where she worked, selected as she wanted the ’hardest one to rehome’. A noble deed, but well worth it, as Sir Sidney flourished in his new kingdom. He is still incredibly nervous of strangers, and always suffered terribly with trips to the vets, so vet Claire popped along to assess just how difficult he might be and prescribed some of our magic pre-visit sedative. With this on board, Sir Sidney was so chilled out, it made our job not only easy but utterly enjoyable; for us, for Sir S and for his hooman courtier! Sir Sidney is a clever cat – he can walk on his 2 hind legs!

 

 

Runner up – Sooty

Slightly older black & white gentleman, Sooty is the beloved companion of a lovely senior lady. He keeps her happy and entertained with his antics. Sooty had decided about 5 years ago he preferred this lady over the hoomans he was supposed to be with, and they have been inseparable ever since, even moving into a retirement home together. Everyone at the retirement home knows Sooty, and all get concerned if he is ever ill. Vet2Cat is purrfect for Sooty and his mum, as its very tricky for her to get him to a vet practice for check-ups and treatments.

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Cat of the Month –  February 2020

February’s selection of cats that have put a smile on our faces as we go about our work includes, Lulu, Paddy and Parker.

And the winner is – PARKER!!

Promoted from runner up in January to winner in February! Vet2Cat is very proud of Parker, as are his hoomans. The reason being – he had to go off to see the specialist ophthalmologists at Optivet in Havant http://www.optivet.com/, and we were all a bit worried about how he would cope with this, generally not being the most tolerant of patients. But a dose of gabapentin pre-travel and the wonderful eye vets Prado and Natalia were singing his praises! He was so well behaved for his examination there.

Vet Claire referred 15-year-old Parker after finding some abnormalities at the back of his eyes. This was during a follow up visit regarding Parker yowling at night and doing some odd things. Although Claire suspected Parker had hypertension (high blood pressure), the multiple tiny ‘fluffy’ lesions seen did not seem typical for the classic hypertension changes we normally see, so an expert opinion was sought. The outcome – the changes were chalked up to hypertension after all, but very early stages. This stage is not often seen as we usually miss it, we often disregard these behavioural changes in older cats as ‘just his age’- perhaps a bit of senility. Parker had even had a BP check in October which was normal and was due to have another routine check this April. Fortunately, because Parker’s dad is very attuned to Parker’s demeanour, he picked up that something was amiss very quickly, and got straight on the phone to Vet2Cat! Finding and treating this from an early stage has likely saved Parker from going blind.

The CatCareForLife programme recommends cats above the age of 7 years have a yearly blood pressure check and cats over 11 years have this checked twice yearly. Check out this chart of recommended routine health care for cats: https://www.catcare4life.org/app/uploads/2018/03/Recommended-examinations.pdf

Parker disturbed from his afternoon nap to have a vet check up. At least he can get straight back to it when we’re done!

“That’s the spot, right there!”- Paddy gets a good scratch from Emma

Runner Up – Paddy   

Lovely Paddy made COTM runner up back in October. Since then his gastro-intestinal problems got worse, so an investigation was begun. Vet Claire performed an ultrasound and found an abnormal section of his intestines. To really get to grips with ongoing intestinal disease, biopsy is generally required, so Paddy was referred to Lumbry Park Specialists, where he underwent endoscopy – a flexible camera with biopsy tools is passed down into the stomach and first part of intestines and samples are taken (under a full anaesthetic!). The biopsy results showed he has ‘chronic enteropathy’ – a broad term meaning there is inflammation of the intestines, but fortunately no signs of cancer.

A long battle of wills began, trying to convince Paddy to eat the very specialised diet that was prescribed to the absolute exclusion of everything else – no mean feat! He also needs twice daily pilling with steroids and gut protectants, and we have had to use various other medications to encourage him to eat as well as reduce his signs of vomiting and nausea. Nurse Emma visited to show Paddy’s carers how to administer all these pills, and now Paddy is quietly resigned to having this done. He is thankfully showing improvement after many weeks, but it will still be many months of special food, medications and re-assessments before he will (hopefully) be fixed.

Runner Up – Lulu

A recent convert to Vet2Cat, Lulu’s mum is over the moon about our home visiting service. Lulu kept missing follow-up appointments at the vets because she was so difficult to get in a carrier. Because of this her vaccinations had lapsed, and she hadn’t had a good once-over for a while. Visiting Lulu at home, is a different story entirely. She is a very friendly cat and spent most of the time sitting on assistant Helen’s lap purring and kneading. She was only a bit miffed when she realised we weren’t just visitors but were there to give her a jab, flea and worming treatments!

“What do you mean this is a vet visit?!” – Lulu giving Helen a good kneading.

The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare

These apply to all animals in the care of humans, whether a house pet, a horse, farm or zoo animals:

  1. Freedom From Hunger and Thirst
  2. Freedom From Discomfort
  3. Freedom From Pain, Injury or Disease
  4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
  5. Freedom From Fear and Distress

Purrfect Health Club

At Vet2Cat we offer monthly health plans to help spread the cost of your cat’s preventative health care.
Our range of monthly health plans have been devised to cover different cats’ lifestyles, ages and individual needs.
Read more about our Purrfect Health Club here.